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Irvine-based CoreLogic Inc. (NYSE: CLGX), the real estate data provider that recently agreed to sell itself, may find itself in another battle after a $6.9 billion bid by CoStar Group Inc.
CoreLogic, which last year fought off a proxy battle where activist investors offered $66 a share, on Feb. 4 announced it had accepted an $80 a share offer from Stone Point Capital and Insight Partners.
CoStar’s proposed bid is $95.76 a share, or a 16% premium over Friday’s closing price. CoreLogic shares climbed 7.9% to $88.46 and a $6.5 billion market cap, indicating some skepticism about the proposed bid.

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“Given our substantial engagement since early December, we were stunned to read about the acquisition of CoreLogic by Stone Point Capital and Insight Partners on February 4,” said a letter from CoStar Chief Executive Andrew Florance. “Their cash bid of $80 per share was materially less than our last all-stock offer, which had a headline value of $86.30 per share. The decision to accept the lower $80 per share bid from a sponsor instead indicates a failure to appropriately value the synergies of our proposal as a strategic bidder.”
CoStar said it “immediately” wants to talk with CoreLogic directors and advisers.
The deal would combine CoreLogic, one of the largest residential real-estate data companies, with CoStar, among the biggest providers of commercial real-estate information and analytics.
Shares of Washington D.C.-based CoStar (Nasdaq: CSGP) dropped 4.1% to $900.34 and a $35.5 billion market cap.